Atiku Abubakar Presents Fresh Evidence Against Bola Tinubu: Supreme Court Showdown Looms

Atiku Abubakar Presents Fresh Evidence in Supreme Court Challenge

Atiku Aims to Prove Bola Tinubu’s Ineligibility with New Evidence

The 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has put forward compelling reasons for the Supreme Court to consider his fresh evidence against President Bola Tinubu.

Atiku argues that the apex court should not reject his opportunity to present this fresh evidence, obtained from the Chicago State University (CSU), which is crucial to his claim that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate was ineligible to contest the 2023 presidential election.

This development comes as Atiku continues his legal battle to challenge Tinubu’s eligibility.

Atiku’s Argument for Fresh Evidence

Atiku Abubakar made this submission in a reply on the point of law, filed to counter objections raised by President Tinubu, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the APC regarding the admissibility of documents released to him by the Chicago State University in the United States of America.

These documents provide crucial information about Tinubu’s academic records, which are central to Atiku’s case.

Furthermore, Atiku asserts that this new evidence from the CSU will not only prove Tinubu’s ineligibility but also raise questions about certificate forgery.

This fresh information is based on a 32-page document obtained by Atiku from the CSU, ordered by Judge Nancy Maldonado of the District Court of Illinois, Eastern Division.

Importantly, the US court’s order mandated the release of these documents, despite Tinubu’s objections.

Supreme Court’s Role and Atiku’s Counterargument

There has been debate among stakeholders, including President Tinubu, INEC, and the APC, regarding whether the Supreme Court can accept fresh evidence at this stage of the case.

However, Atiku, represented by his legal team led by Chris Uche (SAN), strongly argues that there are no constitutional limits of 180 days on the lower court to hear and determine a presidential election petition.

He asserts that this limitation does not apply to the Supreme Court, and the Constitution supersedes any other legislation.

Atiku emphasizes that the Constitution clearly designates the Court of Appeal to have jurisdiction to hear and determine disputes arising from presidential elections.

There is no mention of a time limit for the Court of Appeal, contrary to the limitation placed on Election Tribunals.

Thus, the Constitution grants the Court of Appeal a specific role in this context, and it does not fall under the category of a tribunal.

The Fresh Evidence’s Significance

Atiku’s argument centers on the importance of this fresh evidence in revealing the truth about Tinubu’s eligibility and certificate authenticity.

The documents show that Tinubu presented a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate with a particular serial number, which the appellants/applicants have tendered as “EXHIBIT PBD 1A.”

This document raises questions about the authenticity of Tinubu’s academic credentials.

In summary, Atiku Abubakar is steadfast in his pursuit of justice and transparency in the 2023 presidential election.

He seeks to prove that President Bola Tinubu’s eligibility and credentials are questionable, and the Supreme Court is set to hear this case on Monday, 23rd October.